Martin optioned to Triple-A Syracuse
The Nationals optioned right-hander J.D. Martin to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. With the move, the team has 36 players remaining in camp.
Martin pitched in only three Major League games and had 6.30 ERA, however he threw a lot on the Minor League field because the club had its share of rainouts and too many pitchers in camp.
Martin was competing against right-hander Garrett Mock and left-hander Scott Olsen for the fifth and final spot in the rotation.
General manager Mike Rizzo said sending Martin to the Minor League was one of the toughest moves he had to make this spring.
“It was really tough call. It’s a very small margin with him and the other candidates for that job,” Rizzo said. “The other two candidates give us a better chance at this point to get guys out in the Major Leagues early in the season. We told J.D. to go down there and keep working on his craft and we expect to see him in the big leagues soon.”
Martin took the news well and said the lack of work on the Major League side had nothing to do with him getting demoted.
“I wasn’t too surprised. My reaction was, I have to keep working harder. That was the only thing that was going through my mind,” Martin said. ”I don’t think [the rainouts and too many pitchers in camp] can hurt you. You still get innings in, whether it’s intrasquad games or actual games. I don’t think it hurt me.”